A Bobber Joins Triumph's Bonneville Motorcycle Family

British motorcycle manufacturer Triumph held a party in London last night so of course they unveiled a new motorcycle. Staying with its retro niche, the Bonneville Bobber enjoyed its star-studded spotlight.

Starting with a Bonneville T120, Triumph took the path of riders from the 1930’s by stripping away excess bodywork, removing the front fender and other decorative parts in an effort to reduce weight. In fact, the act of shortening the rear fender and making it ‘bobbed’ gave this type of motorcycle its name, the bobber.

‘Born in a unparalleled bloodline of Triumph bobber customs that stretch all the way back to the 1940’s it perfectly encapsulates the minimalist styling principles, muscular stance and purposeful engineering attitude of a genuine bobber,’ notes Triumph.

Although Triumph may be celebrating this motorcycle history of getting the most performance out of a ride by making the bike as light as possible, they are quick to point out the Bonneville Bobber should be considered a premium ride.

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Enjoying clean lines and low stance, single seat, wide flat bars, minimal bodywork and headlight, sculpted tank, wire-spoke wheels with wide rear wheel and that all-important hard tail look, the Bobber features a whole host of premium finishes.

The Bobber’s stunning features include an authentic battery box with stainless steel strap, bar end mirrors, rear mudguard loop, carb styled twin throttle bodies, broad adjustable levers, traditional rubber gaiters, classic rear ‘drum brake’ inspired hub, new side panel and sprocket cover with removable inspection cap.

Calling the new motorcycle ‘A genuine factory custom’, the Bobber’s premium finishes includes bronze 1200HT engine badges and the signature Triumph makers mark triangle, brushed engine covers, branded locking fuel cap and silver satin and graphite handlebar risers.

There are four premium color options to choose from;

  • Ironstone, with a matt finish
  • Morello Red
  • Competition Green and Frozen Silver, with a stylish British racing twist
  • Jet Black

A closer look

While ‘retro’ and ‘nostalgia’ are the most immediate words that comes to mind, Triumph would counter them with ‘Elegant engineering innovation’.

Stating their Bobber ‘introduces a first-in-class tailorable riding position, delivered by the beautifully crafted new floating aluminum seat, ergonomically optimized and sculpted for comfort with stitched deep foam pad, and minimal stylish clock – both adjustable to suit rider size and riding style,’ its obvious Triumph are very proud of this latest addition to its line-up.

The slotted seat design system allows the rider to position the seat ‘up and forward’ for a roadster position and ‘down and backwards’ for cruising in a more traditional riding position. Riding positions have become a new motorcycle accessory but Triumph takes the concept one step further. They extend this thought with a simple quick-release function for the clocks that enables riders to adjust the position to complement their seating and riding style.

Delivering the Bobber’s hallmark hard tail look is an innovative and distinctive ‘cage’ swinging arm with paddock stand bobbin mounts and hidden monoshock rear suspension. Topping off the engineering innovation is the ‘clean line’ Bonneville technology packaging system, which includes the straight line hidden ‘cat box’ pipe run and the sensitive incorporation of rider focused technology such as the ECU, ABS modulator and immobilizer.

It’s all about the ride

For a true tribute to the bobber, Triumph knew it needed to deliver power and as mentioned above, was the whole reason for cutting all the various pieces away originally. Courtesy of the new generation Bonneville HT engine the Bobber delivers category-leading torque for a ‘thrilling hot rod ride’ and a rich exhaust note. Powered by the critically acclaimed 1200cc high torque engine, as fitted in the Bonneville T120, there is a dedicated ‘Bobber’ tune for more torque and power lower down the rev range. The charismatic 270° firing interval ensures a smooth, linear power delivery from the slick six-speed gearbox.

Evolved specifically for the Bobber to maximize the riding character there is a unique twin airbox set up with two filters, unique intake and exhaust system and new output shaft.

Delivering the rich new Bobber soundtrack is a beautifully finished brushed stainless steel twin skin exhaust system with ‘slash cut’ sawn off peashooter silencers, which is shorter and lighter than the Bonneville T120.

Aside from the finishes, Triumph’s Bobber earns the premium label with its modern technologies. Just like all the new generation Bonnevilles, the Bobber engine delivers modern classic capability with ride-by-wire, for enhanced safety and control from twin classically styled throttle bodies, as well as a sensitively incorporated liquid cooling system with a unique radiator and larger fan. This brings better performance and cleaner, more fuel efficient riding.

Contrary to riders of the past who chopped items off through trial and error, Triumph engineers worked hard to make the Bobber carry the stripped down look but offer a modern ride. With an all new bespoke frame to suit the unique Bobber geometry and minimal rear end, new forks with bespoke springing and damping, a low seat height, great stand over and first-in-class adjustable riding position the Bobber delivers a truly class defining riding dynamic.

This modern rider also includes a host of features motorcycle buyers are spoiled with;

Ride-by-Wire - Delivering enhanced rideability, feel, safety and control, from a single throttle body.

Riding Modes - Linked to the ride-by-wire system there are two selectable riding modes; ROAD and RAIN. They are selectable via the new switchgear and command two dedicated throttle maps for maximum control and safety in different riding conditions                                                          

ABS - The latest generation anti-lock braking system – introducing a new level of safety and control yet remaining unobtrusive and with minimal visual impact.

Switchable Traction Control - Switchable traction control via the instrument menu helps to maximize rider safety and comfort.

Torque Assist Clutch  - Designed to reduce clutch lever effort for the rider, bringing a lighter touch and feel to the clutch and making it easier to ride, and for longer.

Engine Immobilizer - Thatcham approved immobilizer incorporated into the new key with high value Triumph badge.

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The Bobber’s Stylish Twin Clocks aren’t only adjustable but incorporate a digital menu system for fingertip control while riding. This includes;

  • Gear position indicator
  • Odometer
  • Two trip settings
  • Service indicator
  • Range to empty
  • Fuel level
  • Average and current fuel consumption
  • Clock
  • Traction control settings

Finally to enhance the authentic look the Bobber has classic wire-spoke wheels, with stylish black rims and inner tubes fitted with Avon Cobra tires developed specifically for the Bobber.

With a signature ‘wider rear wheel’ Bobber set up it has a 19’’x2.5’’ on the front, fitted with an Avon Cobra AV71 for reduced mass for high-speed maneuverability, and 16’’x3.5’’ wider wheel fitted on the rear, with a category-first AV72 radial tire with cobra tread pattern for class-leading stability.

It’s a given motorcycle manufacturers have a range of accessories readied for the release of any new model and the Bobber is no different. Designed with customizing in mind Triumph has over 150 accessories available for more style, detailing and comfort, and for even more performance.

These range from high ‘ape hanger’ bars creating a distinctive look to a stylish comfort seat in a ribbed and quilted version as well as a heated grip kit and a cruise control kit for riders who are looking for more long distance comfort.

To deliver even more performance to the Bobber, Triumph is introducing a new partnership with FOX with a dual branded adjustable rear suspension unit plus a range of new Bobber exhausts from Vance and Hines with beautifully machined aluminum end caps which are adjustable to change the profile.

A bullet point offered by Triumph not only highlights an interesting and growing trend of maintenance schedules but points to who the British Manufacturer feels its competing against with its Bobber. By allowing more miles between needed maintenance the rider is on the road longer and more importantly for some, longer schedules make it less expensive to own that particular motorcycle. As for who Triumph wants to overtake with the Bobber, Ducati has been another manufacturer extending out and highlighting the maintenance schedules of its models.

Regardless of the who and why, the Bobber also has a high first major service interval of 10,000 miles giving riders a lot of time on the open road before having to majorly open their wallets.

Pricing and availability haven’t been released yet.

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